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Consider the motivations for the conversion bill PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 August 2010 18:32

Every few years a new “conversion crisis” rocks Israel and the Diaspora – as Yogi Berra remarked, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” And yet, this time perhaps there’s a new twist?
I cannot confess to understanding the law proposed recently in Israel. On the one hand, it appears to turn over greater control to the Chief Rabbinate – and one would expect this to result in making the conversion process more strict – while on the other hand, the proposal seems aimed at easing the conversion of many Russian immigrants, a task that will clearly not be accomplished by making conversion ever more difficult.
That Efrat’s Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a leader of Modern Orthodoxy, has expressed support for some version of the law, as helping the integration of Russian immigrants, suggests we at least ought to consider the motivations. The questionable religious status of such a large group of Israeli citizens has been recognized as a problem for years now.

 

 
The demonization of Israel PDF Print E-mail
By Alan Krinsky   
Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

Alan KrinskyAlan KrinskyEver since the flotilla affair, I have been haunted, re-haunted, by the demonization of Israel, by the outrage

 

 
Free speech and communal funds PDF Print E-mail
By Alan Krinsky   
Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00

Alan KrinskyAlan KrinskyA half-page ad in a recent issue of the Forward presented an “Open letter to all Jewish communities.” The signers were protesting a policy adopted in February by the Jewish C ommu n i t y F e d e r a t i o n (JCF) of San Francisco and the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties.

 

 
Adventures on the worldwide Web PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

Alan KrinskyAlan Krinsky“Rational theists and rational atheists of the world, unite!” Such was the title of an essay of mine published at The Huffington Post, one of the most popular news sites in cyberspace, in early …

 

 
Tea Party, Coffee Party and Israel PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

Alan KrinskyAlan KrinskyWe now have two parties from which to choose! While some wonder where, if anywhere, the Tea Party will stand on U.S. policy to Israel, I am wondering about the newer Coffee Party. As detailed …

 

 
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